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Our Next Film: My Feral Heart

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 83 minutes, (12A)
Director – Jane Gull


Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship.

Preceded by presentation of the work of photographer Richard Jones with his new project Energy & Notion. Coal mines to turbines: how energy shapes the Welsh landscape – in pictures.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – My Feral Heart
Rotten Tomatoes – My Feral Heart
Official Website – My Feral Heart

AUDIENCE SCORE – 66%

COMMENTS:

  • Despite a very good performance by the leading actor, I feel this film was ‘worthy’ rather than anything else, and just seemed to run out of ideas
  • Strange casting with so many different accents and whilst I don’t wish to be spoon fed a plot there were just too many unanswered questions
  • One of those films im glad ive seen , but , at times questioned why I was here! Strangely enigmatic
  • Too many close up natural plant shots. Excellent acting. Brave theme. What was feral girl’s back story? Wish I was able to be here pm to discuss
  • Absolutely loved it . would have been one of my favourites of the season if not for the abrupt ending
  • More questions than answers
  • Charming characterisation and scenery/music – some relationships left unexplained and unexplored still at the end
  • A touching story well acted
  • Very moving film but the abrupt ending was a let down. It needed a longer running time
  • Absolutely brilliant
  • Very moving film. Poignant with me and my son. Couldn’t quite understand where the ‘wild’ girl fitted in and a strange ending. I did feel a bit angry that Luke ended up in a home as he was quite independent.

The producer has come back with some explanatory comments

Many thanks for the comments… I understand the overriding sense that the film doesn’t end satisfyingly.  The questions around the girl are left purposefully unexplained beyond what Luke knows.

It was important that the audience know what Luke knows.  He knows very little except that someone needs help.

It’s not a comment on anyone who asks to know more but it is designed to make an audience to discuss what she is and where she came from and perhaps have them explore the realisation that they are asking and wanting more justification to care for her (as a character) than Luke does as a simply another human being needing help.

That structural and formal experiment (for want of a better word) doesn’t of course negate any dissatisfaction felt. That dissatisfaction is the collateral damage you have to accept as an artist when you present something more challenging than the norm. And it is a totally valid criticism. We wrestled with that element of the film right up until the final sound mix.

Our Next Film: ‘Ethel And Ernest’

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 94 minutes, (PG)
Director – Roger Mainwood

 

Raymond Briggs’ moving tale of his parents, from their courtship to their deaths. Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn voice Ernest and Ethel from their meeting in 1920 through 40 years of social and political upheaval and the birth of their son through to the 1970s when they died. A wonderfully evocative portrayal of past times.

Quiz on animated films after the film – all welcome

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Ethel And Ernest
Rotten Tomatoes – Ethel And Ernest
Official website – Ethel And Ernest

Audience Reaction: ‘I, Daniel Blake’

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake

COMMENTS BELOW

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Our Next Film: I, Daniel Blake

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 100 minutes, (15)
Director – Ken Loach

A moving and fiery rail against social injustice. Daniel Blake, a middle aged widower in the North East unable to work or get benefits after a heart attack befriends a struggling single mum who is reduced to using food banks to feed her family. Heart-breaking and passionate.

Preceded by short film from Shelter Cymru. Wine reception after the film for members

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – I, Daniel Blake
Rotten Tomatoes – I, Daniel Blake
Official website – I, Daniel Blake

AUDIENCE REACTION:

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake':

COMMENTS BELOW:

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone